Top 10 Research Breakthroughs to Support Chiropractic Care in the Last Decade

One of the pleasant tasks I have in editing “On Purpose” is the opportunity to review hundreds of chiropractic research articles each month which have a direct bearing on health issues. From these, 60-to-80 per month are judged to be of particular interest to practicing chiropractors. Some studies, particularly those relating to back pain, are well-known to most D.C.s.

Yet, there are fascinating papers which have been largely ignored by the profession. I offer ten of my favorites from the last ten years. They are not in any particular order. Each has tremendous potential for further investigation.

1. Decreased Costs and Utilization of Medical Services with Chiropractic Care

Spectacular decreases in the utilization of medical services and their attendant costs were observed when Doctors of Chiropractic were used as first contact providers. In an Independent Practice Association (IPA) which permitted patients to select a doctor of chiropractic as their primary care physician, clinical and cost utilization based on 70,274 member-months over a seven-year period demonstrated decreases of 60.2 percent in hospital admissions, 59 percent hospital days, 62 percent outpatient surgeries and procedures, and 85 percent pharmaceutical costs when compared with conventional medicine. These were across the board savings, not merely back and neck cases.

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